Friends say the woman who died kayaking was the wife of a beloved pastor


Friends and loved ones are still in disbelief as they mourn the death of the woman and child who drowned in a kayaking accident.

They are still looking for answers as to how and why such a tragedy could happen.

Friends have identified the woman as Maria Davis, whose husband is a pastor and a beloved member of the Waimanalo community.

Davis and the five year old boy drowned when their kayak flipped over Thursday in the waters off Kaaawa. Witnesses say there were two other children in the kayak with them who were rescued but were not injured.
Friends say Davis lived in Waimanalo and was married to Wendell Davis, a longtime pastor who is well known in the community.

“All of a sudden we found out that it was one of our own and it really hurts us deeply. He was always there giving positive a side for God’s word and my heart just, a lot of people in the community are just saddened by this tragic accident,” said Andy Jamila, a family friend.

Officials at Mid Pacific Institute say the group was taking part in a spring break program organized by the school. The-five-year-old boy was not a student. The program is open to the public.
Rescue officials say they don’t know if the kayakers were wearing life vests. The Honolulu Fire Department says none was found during the rescue. 

The owner of the kayak told us Friday that he has one but it was not used. Questions also remain as to why there were four people on the two person kayak.

“Unbelievable that something like that could happen on a good day for a good field trip, and it just totally baffles the mind how something like this could happen,” said Jamila.

The school president, Paul Turnbull, released a statement today saying:
“We understand there are many questions and people want more information. However, due to the ongoing investigation and out of respect for the privacy of the families, we are unable to make any comments until all of the facts are known. Our priorities at this time are to fully cooperate with the authorities and support our students and families.” 

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